Today we are delighted to introduce one of our newest members, Mariana, who runs Beija Flor Events. Over to you Mariana…
How did it all start?
It’s been a process. I was ready for a change after 10 successful years working in the music business but I guess it all started after I got married in 2015 and planned my own wedding. It was a combination of the perfect time and realising that I could use my passion for events to become a wedding planner. It is such a special remarkable moment of your life that you just want to be perfect and I thought how amazing it was being able to see it from both the planner and bride perspectives. As a communicative and perfectionist person, I’ve always wanted the flexibility of running my own business and interacting with all sorts of clients, venues and suppliers. Beija Flor Events was launched in 2016 and it has been a dream-come-true.
Do you have a favourite venue?
I have quite a big list of favourite venues to be honest. Sussex is surrounded by outstanding locations. I’m enjoying working with outdoor venues at the moment because brides feel really comfortable and free to use their imagination.
How would clients describe you?
Enthusiastic, perfectionist, smiley and with a great eye to detail. I’ve also been told how clear my passion for planning is.
Wedding planners or suppliers you particularly admire?
This is a hard one. I love Sarah Haywood. Every single detail of the weddings she plans are super stylish and absolutely gorgeous. I have to also mention Dominique Douglas from Stylish Events who I had the pleasure to work with. She is just incredible and her dedication to what she does has inspired me to become a better wedding planner.
How do you unwind?
Yoga and meditation. As a wedding and event planner, you have to talk to lots of people on a daily basis. I find it essential to take at least half hour a day to be in a silent room.
What trends are you seeing for 2017/18?
I think that brides are falling in love with outdoor celebrations where they have the freedom to choose whether they want bell tents, tipis, street food or a traditional dinner seating meal. It’s just such a nice relaxing vibe where all guests can easily interact with each. Outdoor games, food trucks, hanging décor and naked cakes are also becoming more popular and are a perfect match with Pantone’s colour of the year, greenery, so we can all expect wedding decors going au naturel this year.
What is your signature dish?
Lasagne. My husband is a brilliant cook and it’s very hard to compete, however, I agree that my lasagne is really tasty.
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love work on?
Beyonce if she wasn’t already married. I also would love to plan Lady Gaga’s wedding. You can only imagine how unique and out of this world it would be. And with her wedding budget I can assure you it would look absolutely fabulous!
What is your vice?
Cheesecake. I try not to buy big ones anymore and to only eat on weekends but I simply can’t say no to a creamy cheesecake.